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Welcome to The Compassion Initiative Podcast Series. This Podcast series features Dr Stan Steindl and Dr James Kirby, both Clinical Psychologists. Stan and James are the co-founders of The Compassion Initiative. The podcast series is a relaxed informal ongoing conversation between Stan and James about issues related to compassion. You can access and subscribe to the Podcast on our website: www.thecompassioninitiative.com.au
 
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On the 17 November 2019, I published my first Compassion in a T-Shirt video titled “Understanding fears, blocks and resistances to compassion, and how to work through them”. You can see that first, slightly dodgier video here.All this time later, I am excited to return to the topic of working with fears, blocks and resistances to compassion because…
 
No matter what might be going on around you, or in the world at large, even when the suffering of others seems so much greater, it is always important to occasionally turn to yourself, check in, see how you are going, notice suffering of your own and begin to direct compassion towards yourself.In this video, we will practice a guided imagery exerci…
 
Compassion as an evolved human motivation is not the same as compassion being our default motivation. Compassion, a sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate or prevent it, is actually rather uncommon and gets outmaneuvered quite often by other equally evolved, equally human motivations. So we gotta practice …
 
It feels like suffering is everywhere at the moment. The COVID pandemic continues to engulf the world, Russia has invaded Ukraine, causing untold suffering, and last week, here in Australia, up and down the east coast, we have had terrible storms and floods, wreaking havoc on homes and business, and the tragic loss of life. And so compassion is mor…
 
"We have very little time. This is a life and death issue for all of us. Can we stop the drift toward destruction? We all have a responsibility in answering this question. It is to carry out my personal share of this responsibility that I have spoken out so strongly. I intend to continue. I hope you will join me - and millions of others - in workin…
 
People everywhere are lovely, so why do we have wars? And why does it feel like we might be on the brink of one right now? Goodness knows I don’t know the answer to that. But let’s have a think about it from an evolutionary point of view, and see if there is anything we can do to create a more compassionate world.TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion i…
 
We have moral obligations. But what are they? And is compassion one of them?In this video I am going to extend myself a little into the realm of ethics and morality! No easy task. But the more I have been thinking about compassion, the more I have begun to wonder, is compassion in fact a moral obligation? In other words, is compassion, and especial…
 
Last week I spoke about 5 evidence-based benefits to mental health of compassion focused therapy. But compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training have benefits at a general community level as well, promoting psychological well-being in all sorts of people in all sorts of ways. So check this out: Five more evidence-based benefits of c…
 
Learning how to cultivate compassion through an approach like compassion focused therapy (CFT) can have profoundly positive effects on mental health. So, in today’s video I’m going to give you 5 evidence-based benefits of compassion focused therapy! There are others!! But let’s start with five.TARGETED PLAYLIST:Compassion in a T-ShirtRESEARCH LINKS…
 
Compassion focused therapy is an evolutionary model of psychotherapy. We have these evolved brains and bodies, and both can be very tricky and cause us a lot of suffering: emotionally, physically, socially and so on. But CFT proposes that compassion also evolved as an innate aspect to human nature. Compassion is there, within us, and we can learn a…
 
Social rank theory relates to the human evolved motives around social competitiveness, hierarchies, influence and power. In this video we will explore the "dual-strategies theory of social rank" that incorporates two distinct yet equally viable pathways to gaining status in human social hierarchies: dominance and prestige. Importantly, we will cons…
 
The notion of pride often comes along with negative connotations. Pride is one of the seven deadly sins! But recent research has differentiated two types of pride: hubristic and authentic pride. This video will explore pride, the details of these two types, where pride comes from and why authentic pride in particular might be very helpful. The vide…
 
What is compassion? Well, one way to answer that is to highlight what compassion is not. Compassion is not a feeling. It is not the same as love. And it's not the same as kindness. Compassion draws on the skill of empathy, but is not empathy. It is definitely not pity. And it is not simply being nice. There is nothing indulgent about compassion. It…
 
Humiliation is a painful emotion, and it can be hard to get over! It's similar to shame, but there are important differences. In this video, we discuss those differences, as well as some compassion focused strategies for managing feelings of humiliation. See the links below to some of the books and videos mentioned.TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion…
 
Yes they are! Embarrassment and shame are both self-conscious emotions, but like guilt and shame, embarrassment and shame have important differences. See what you think about the differences discussed in this video, and add your comments below!In the video I mention the recent conference organised by Compassionate Mind Italia. Here is the link to t…
 
Forgiveness can be very difficult. We can't help but feel angry and resentful when someone hurts us! But the pain of resentment often just makes matters worse. In fact, forgiveness is an act of self-compassion. When we forgive another who has hurt us, then we let go of anger and resentment and we suffer less. But how do you go about it? Well, here …
 
Resentment is a rather complex and painful human emotion. It can cause us a lot of suffering! But self-compassion can help. In this video we take a look at resentment, what it is, how it shows up in our feelings, thoughts and behaviours, and then offer 8 compassion focused steps you can take to let it go.If you would like a copy of The Gifts of Com…
 
Activating the compassionate self: slowing down the mind and body, and connecting with wisdom, strength and courage, and a caring-commitment, and deciding how can I be helpful to myself and others.This video takes you through the body-based practices and the three key qualities of the compassionate mind, in order for you to activate your compassion…
 
Ageing is difficult. Time flies by and we get older. And we can suffer. Self-compassion can help! I turned 50 today, and while in some ways this is still a relatively young age, in other ways my body is giving me lots of little clues and reminders that time is passing. And there are certain realities there that we can't avoid. So how can we approac…
 
We have compassion focused therapy (CFT) and we have compassionate mind training (CMT), but what is CMT exactly? CFT is a psychotherapy, and CMT is a part of CFT. But CMT can also be delivered as a more structured course. In this video, we dive a little deeper to understand some of the research behind CMT, as well as the session by session details …
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has been really dragging on. And everyone is feeling it. There is an ever-present sense of threat and foreboding. in this video, Dr Stan Steindl summarises some recent research exploring the relationships between our perceived threat of COVID-19 and our mental health and social safeness outcomes...as well as the role fears of …
 
Wait, what? Ted Lasso is afraid of compassion?We all can have certain fears of compassion, across one or other, or all, of the three flows: being compassionate towards others, receiving compassion from others, or being compassionate towards ourselves. Season 2 of Ted Lasso depicts these fears beautifully, as well as how, with persistence and hard w…
 
Compassion focused therapy in a nutshell, and bringing compassion to the world!_____Professor Paul Gilbert, OBE, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby, Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland Australia, Founder of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and recently retired Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derb…
 
In Episode 5, Paul talks about the inhibitors to compassion, the fears, blocks and resistances. As Paul says, in compassion focused therapy working with fears, blocks and resistances is the work!_____Professor Paul Gilbert, OBE, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby, Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland Austra…
 
We are basically a species designed for caring and sharing, but socio-cultural factors push us towards competitiveness, selfishness and callousness with sometimes disastrous effects._____Professor Paul Gilbert, OBE, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby, Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland Australia, Founder …
 
What is compassion? On the one hand, it is a simple algorithm: detecting suffering and taking action to alleviate or prevent it. And on the other, it is a rich array of qualities and characteristics all of which make up what it means to be human. Professor Paul Gilbert takes us through all of that, as well as how concepts of compassion can be helpf…
 
In Episode 2 of Compassion in a T-Shirt: Short Shares with Professor Paul Gilbert Paul speaks about some remarkable observations he and colleagues made when working with clients, as well as by following the science, and how that led him down the path of warming up the tone of self-talk with a caring motivation and ultimately with compassion._____Pr…
 
Compassion in a T-Shirt: Short Shares with Professor Paul Gilbert will explore the life and work therapist, the researcher, and the founder of compassion focused therapy. In Episode 1, he speaks about his journey from childhood and adolescence, through training and research, arriving at a model of the mind and the inception of Compassion Focused Th…
 
In this video, Alicia Carter, PhD candidate at University of Queensland School of Psychology, describes the 12 modules included in the group-based compassion focused therapy intervention for body weight shame she evaluated as part of her PhD. CFT, and the modules described in this video, was founded and developed by Professor Paul Gilbert, who also…
 
"We think that the end result of our PhD is a thesis, but really, it's you."Alicia Carter is an Australian provisional psychologist and candidate for both the Master of Health Psychology and PhD programs at School of Psychology, University of Queensland. She follows a scientist-practitioner model and seeks to explore how social and evolutionary the…
 
"Teams know what are the blocks to compassion, what prevents them from being compassionate, and what are the things that they do that can actually enhance it."Dr Tony Fernando is a psychiatrist and researcher in Auckland, New Zealand. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his internship at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hos…
 
"As long as the sky exists, as long as there are sentient beings, may I remain to help and relieve them of their suffering."Dr Tony Fernando is a psychiatrist and researcher in Auckland, New Zealand. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his internship at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital (Columbia University) in New …
 
Transforming shame with people who have intellectual disabilities: "I'm not all bad with stuff like this. I'm quite good!"Dr Johannes Graser is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed CBT-Therapist, Researcher and Lecturer based at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He has extensive training in CFT and has presented workshops on CFT and Loving Kindne…
 
"Reaching...opening...gathering...""Deirdre Fay, MSW, LICSW, integrates trauma and attachment theory with yoga and meditation in embodiment. The founder of the Becoming Safely Embodied Skills, she maintains a private practice working with individuals and groups and presenting around the world. She is the author of several books, most recently "Beco…
 
"What happened to me and how can I put myself back together again?"Deirdre Fay, MSW, LICSW, integrates trauma and attachment theory with yoga and meditation in embodiment. The founder of the Becoming Safely Embodied Skills, she maintains a private practice working with individuals and groups and presenting around the world. She is the author of sev…
 
“I’m not going to take your ambition away, I’m just going to help you not drown in it.”Michaela Thomas is a UK-based Clinical Psychologist and couples therapist with over fifteen years' experience. She established and runs The Thomas Connection, and has recently published a couples and compassion book called "The Lasting Connection". Michaela's spe…
 
Somatic Self-Compassion: checking in with the interoceptive experience, buckets of choice to create safeness, and individualised approaches to soothing.Kristy Arbon is an experienced mindfulness and mindful self-compassion teacher and trainer. She has had a long association with Drs Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and was administrator for the…
 
"CFT is something we learn and embody and it becomes a part of the process of all the things that we do."Dr Hayley D Quinn is a Clinical Psychologist, Supervisor and Trainer based at The Compassionate Well-Being Centre in Brisbane, Australia. She has extensive training in CFT and has presented workshops in Australia and overseas. She’s a strong bel…
 
"It was about the connection with other people, not feeling alone, other people understanding how I feel...the humanness."Alison Dixon is a senior Psychological Therapist and supervisor in the UK, and has worked in NHS psychology services for over 10 years. She works with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties and specializes in addressin…
 
“I believe that advocacy is lending your power or your voice to someone or something who needs it.”Dr. Watson is a public speaker, author, and podcaster, as well as President and Founder of The Advocacy Academy, based in Philadelphia, USA. She has conducted educational workshops throughout the US and internationally, and across many fields: healthc…
 
"I am a human like you."Ross McIntosh is an organisational and coaching psychologist in the UK. He focuses on cultivating psychological well-being and flexibility in organisations and individuals. He’s worked for over 20 years senior HR roles in government, and now consults with organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as we…
 
"Compassion, not just for ourselves and those around us, but for other living creatures and the planet itself!"Dr Tara Hickey is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Victorian Counselling and Psychological Services (VCPS), as well as an adjunct research fellow at Monash University and University of Sydney. She recently completed her PhD o…
 
“Compassion brings light and it brings hope into the darkest of stories.”Dr Mats Hogmark is a medical doctor specialising in general medicine at Darlana County Council in Sweden. He is also a motivational interviewing trainer and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He runs training and seminars on motivational interv…
 
“Music is a part of my identity, my work, my leisure, my humanness.” Matt Le Mare is a British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT) registered music therapist presently working with elders with dementia and a variety of private clients. Matt also trains music therapists at Derby University where he encountered compassion focussed therapy (CFT) and t…
 
"Practicing and cultivating compassion throughout our whole lives."Dr Julia E. Wahl, PhD, psychologist, mindfulness and compassion trainer, lecturer, director of the post-grad studies in mindfulness and compassion at the Social Sciences and Humanities SWPS University in Poznań; director of the Mind Institute, Warsaw; Proactive Leadership Training P…
 
"The shame is not for survivors to carry."Dr Lisa McLean is a psychologist in private practice at Ocean Psychology, Sunshine Coast, Australia who provides support to adults across a wide range of mental health and other life concerns. Lisa offers a safe, warm, and compassionate space where clients are empowered to create positive change. Lisa has o…
 
"The suffering will be relieved and from this comes joy." Dr Isabelle Leboeuf is a psychologist and psychotherapist in France. In her clinical work, she integrates hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and compassion-focused therapy in working with people with a wide range of mental and physical health distress. She has a private pract…
 
Curiosity as an antidote to fearful imagining and an antidote to need for control.Natali Gumiy is a psychologist in private practice, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specialises in mindfulness and compassion-based approaches, and works with individuals and families, as well as running group programs, including work with teachers and schools. Along wit…
 
"I'm trying to help people connect with their caring part, their caring motivation. 'I want to try this because it is going to help me, or help me to be with others,' rather than, 'I need to get rid of my anxiety.'" Elli Tholouli is a psychologist specializing in compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training at www.compassioncentre.gr …
 
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